Spring is coming

So, I managed to squeeze in a walk around Hondoji Temple. It's a nice place with a lovely garden, less than a ten-minute walk from the station.

It's an incredible oasis of calm and relaxation... when it's quiet... which it usually isn't. It's other name is Ajisai Dera (hydrangea temple), and when they're in bloom the place is absolutely full of colour... and teeming with (quite literally) hundreds of amateur photographers. The last time I was here was such an occasion. I actually had a Mexican standoff near a particularly fulsome bush with two seasoned hobbyists on that day... I lost; one of them had two tripods and a very big camera bag, and the other had some steps and a telephoto lens in a pushchair... I was out of my league. I knew it and they knew it.

Today though, I had the place to myself. I saw only one other person the whole time I was there. It was a beautiful day too. A spring feel without a doubt... the tree blossoms were clearly feeling it too... plum blossoms of various colours and at least one early cherry. Yes spring is definitely coming.


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